Samsung Gear Fit Review

A fitness tracker / smartwatch hybrid that works with your Samsung mobile device.

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Product Description:

The Samsung Gear Fit is the first curved, Super AMOLED wearable device for active lifestyles. Empower your fitness with real-time coaching and heart rate monitoring without sacrificing style or connectivity. Wherever your day takes you, Gear Fit matches any occasion with interchangeable bands and screens so you can look and feel your best.

Feature Table:

Battery Up to 5 days with low usage, 3 days on average
Display Curved AMOLED, 128 x 432 Pixels
Services Pedometer; Exercise; Sleep; Heart Rate; Notifications; Media Controller; Timer; Stopwatch; Find My Device
Sensors HR Sensor; Accelerometer; Gyro Sensor
Water Proofing Water-resistant and dustproof based on IP67 Rating, which tests submersion up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes. Not shockproof. Covers must be tightly closed.
Colors Charcoal Black
Add On Accesories You can buy a charging cradle and other colored bands
Memory History Stores up to 6 days
Syncing Via bluetooth up to 30 feet according to Samsung (other people are reporting 40-50 feet)

Common Questions:

What comes in the box with the Samsung Gear Fit?

The Samsung Gear Fit device, a quickstart guide, a wall charger, and a manual.  By the way, there also is an awesome online manual for this device which you can find on Samsung’s website here.

How long does the Samsung Gear Fit battery last?

The battery can last up to 5 days with low energy usage, however, on average it lasts 3 days. That’s pretty good considering this device is really a smart watch. If battery life is your biggest concern, there are fitness trackers that last longer.

What mobile devices is the Samsung Gear Fit compatible with?

The Samsung Gear Fit is compatible with Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy Grand 2, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 3 Neo, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4 Zoom, Galaxy S4 Active, Galaxy S4 mini, Galaxy Mega 6.3, Galaxy Mega 5.8, Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition), Galaxy NotePRO (12.2), Galaxy TabPRO (12.2/10.1/8.4).

Is the Samsung Gear Fit a fitness tracker of a smartwatch?

It really is a hybrid between the two. With the Samsung Gear Fit, you can change songs on your Galaxy device, locate your synced device and view notifications from your email or texting app. It also has all the advanced fitness tracker capabilities like heart rate, sleep tracker, steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned and how long you’ve been active.

What are the cons to the Samsung Gear Fit?

The biggest con is that it only works with Galaxy devices, not other Android or iOS devices. Also, the Samsung Gear Fit Manager app could be better, the Samsung Gear Fit excercise app (S Health) is pretty decent and the device does work with several 3rd party apps.

Who is the Samsung Gear Fit a good “fit” for?

The Samsung Gear Fit is really an extraordinary device that is super easy to use and has a lot of advanced functionality. Devices with similar capabilities typically are much more expensive. The device does sync with your phone to show text, call notifications, emails, media controls, and more. Of course, the big con is that the Gear Fit only works with Galaxy devices. If you have a Galaxy device, this is an awesome product that you should strongly consider if you are in the market for a fitness tracker.

What Others Are Saying:

Brad Molen, Engadget: “I’ll give Samsung credit where it’s due: It’s one of the first companies to blend a fitness tracker with a smartwatch, and there is indeed a market for such a device. In terms of hardware, the company did a fantastic job crafting a curved device that feels comfortable and looks good, to boot. Samsung also included a heart rate monitor, a beautiful display and interchangeable bands — all good things.”

Bethany Gordon, TopTenReviews: “If you have a Galaxy phone, the Samsung Gear Fit is a sleek, easy-to-use tracker with lots of helpful feedback and goal tracking for your fitness regimen.”

Ewan Spence, Forbes:  “The Gear Fit is a competent exercise tracker, and an above-average smartwatch in today’s market, but there are still some areas that need improvement. It’s certainly worth considering if you are looking for a wearable, and while it’s not a complete all-rounder, if you have any interest in the quantified self the Gear Fit is probably the best, er, fit for your needs.”

Review:

May 19th, 2015

The first thing I notice with the Samsung Gear Fit is that this device is simply beautiful. It probably is the best looking of all the fitness trackers and smartwatches out there on the market today. A lot of this has to come down to the display, which is a curved AMOLED screen that has brilliant color and also has touch/tap capability.  I’ve heard some people complain that the device is too small, but I love the minimalist look and think it is the perfect size. The size and curved screen also make this device really comfortable to wear, and you can wear it on either arm (you have to set this in options and the screen does shift). Speaking of the screen, it can be used in both vertical and horizontal modes. The vertical, or portrait, mode is easiest to see. You also can turn the display brightness down. A lot of people originally complained that it only came in Black, but there are now additional colors available including Green, Brown, Orange, Blue, and Red (there also are more from 3rd party sellers).

On to the functionality; the Samsung Gear Fit has both smartwatch features (when paired with a Galaxy device) and also fitness tracking features. The smartwatch features include the ability to run apps (although the current 3rd party apps aren’t great) and you can get all kinds of notifications on your wrist, including email, text, call, Gmail, Google+, Facebook, and Twitter. It also buzzes when you get 30 feet or more away. You setup the smartwatch stuff using the Samsung Gear Fit manager app, which is functional and serves its purpose well.

The fitness tracking features include the ability to track steps, distance, pace, calories, and heart rate. The device seems to have gotten more accurate with time (it originally was critized for lack of accuracy). They also have now added sleep monitoring, something missing at launch. The fitness tracking stuff needs to be turned on to work, it isn’t continuous, which is a con. You manage the fitness stuff through the S Health app, which is pretty good and tracks a lot of stuff, and also works on other Samsung devices (so you should be able to move data in the future). S Health is said to act as your personalized fitness coach, and gives you notifications to slow down, stay on pace, speed up, etc.

Overall, this is an excellent device that I would recommend to anyone that has a Galaxy smartphone or tablet. In fact, if you have one of those devices I would strongly recommend getting the Samsung Gear Fit. The price of this wearable is pretty amazing considering all that the device does, and it really works well with the Galaxy devices to create a great connected tech and fitness tracking experience. It’s not a full smartwatch, and it isn’t the best fitness tracker, but considering the current price, design, and functionality, I think the Samsung Gear Fit has to be considered a winner at the moment.

Samsung Gear Fit

Samsung Gear Fit
9

Amazing

9/10

    Pros

    • I really like the curved AMOLED display
    •  Text, Call, & Email Notifications
    • Media controls

    Cons

    • Samsung devices only
    • No GPS